Some of the arms recovered by Nigerian army
The Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, has insisted that IMN doesn’t bear arms.
The group was reacting to reports by some media outfits showing the picture of the General Officer Commanding GOC,1 Mechanized Division, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade inspecting some arms captured by the Nigerian Army from armed bandits and cow rustlers.
In a statement signed by Ibrahim Musa, president of the Media Forum of IMN, the group said the weapons displayed by Major General Oyebade were wrongly attributed to the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
According to Musa, “It is confirmed from journalists present at the conference that the GOC did not say that those arms were recovered from the Islamic Movement, but rather from armed bandits and cow rustlers.
“We wish to reiterate here that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has never been armed and is not armed and does not operate or support any form of armed struggle. It is rather a Movement that believes in extending its message of fairness and justice to all irrespective of sect or religion in a peaceful manner.”
He said that the General Officer Commanding 1 Mechanized Division of the Army had stated unequivocally in his address announcing the arrest of the leader of the Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky that the members of the Movement were not armed but were carrying sticks machetes and catapults.
“Of course none of those arms being inspected by the GOC could be spotted with members of the Movement in any of the videos released by both the Army and the Islamic Movement on the Army’s attack on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.
“We also categorically refute in strong terms the claims of the GOC that none of our members is currently with the …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper